The NSW RFS administers and manages funds to support works and projects associated with bush fire risk mitigation works throughout NSW that increase the resilience of NSW communities to bush fires.
Funding is allocated in accordance with BFCC Policy 1/2011 – Allocation Principles for Funding of Bush Fire Mitigation Works.
There are a number of different streams from which grant funding can be allocated. This includes both the NSW RFS programmes as well as State and Commonwealth initiatives.
The following grants are directly ministered by the NSW RFS:
The Natural Disaster Resilience Programme (NDRP) is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and NSW Government. Funding streams available under NDRP includes the:
- Bush Fire Grants Scheme
- Emergency Volunteer Support Scheme
The NDRP is managed by the Office of Emergency Management and more information can be found on their website.
Emergency Volunteer Support Scheme
Applications for funding under the 2018/19 Emergency Volunteer Support Scheme are now open. This Scheme is administered by the Office of Emergency Management, which supports projects that enhance the recruitment, retention and training of emergency service volunteers.
NSW RFS Brigades are invited to submit applications to fund equipment or activities that align with the intent of the Scheme as outlined in the Programme Guide. There is also a list of Eligible and Ineligible Purchases that should be considered by NSW RFS Brigades interested in making an application.
To make an application, contact your local NSW RFS District Office in the first instance to discuss your proposal. If the proposal is considered suitable for the programme, fill out an Application Form and submit it to the District Office. Any applications lodged directly to the Office of Emergency Management or NSW RFS Headquarters will not be accepted.
NSW RFS Districts have been requested to submit applications from Brigades in their area to the NSW RFS Headquarters by Friday, 18 May 2018. This will provide NSW RFS Headquarters with enough time to collate applications and prepare a consolidated submission to the Office of Emergency Management.
Bush Fire Risk Mitigation and Resilience Grants Programme
This funding programme assists public land managers / owners to undertake bush fire mitigation works, to provide access for fire fighting, and to support projects that increase the resilience of NSW communities to bush fire. The funding is available to supplement resources of public land managers/owners to enable additional works to be implemented.
Local Councils, State Government Agencies and Forestry Corporation are all eligible to apply for grant under this programme. Applications must be made via the NSW RFS online Grant Funding Portal https://funding.rfs.nsw.gov.au.
The Application Guide provides an overview of the Bush Fire Risk Mitigation and Resilience Programme along with information that will assist with the preparation and submission of applications. Checklists are available detailing the key requirements for applications for:
Brigade Mitigation Support Programme
This funding programme supports NSW RFS Brigades in carrying out hazard reduction burning activities across the State. Funding is available to increase hazard reduction burning activities conducted by NSW RFS Brigades. Funding applications for this programme are prepared through the NSW RFS District Office, and are submitted by a NSW RFS Manager (or above) via the NSW RFS online Grant Funding Portal https://funding.rfs.nsw.gov.au.
The Application Guide provides an overview of the Brigade Mitigation Support Programme along with information that will assist with the preparation and submission of applications.
Applications for funding under Round 1 of the 2018/19 Bush Fire Risk Mitigation and Resilience Programme and Brigade Mitigation Support Programme are now open and will closed on 18 May 2018.
Round 2 of both programmes will open later this year and applications can be submitted up until the 2 November 2018.
There are also arrangements in place for the NSW RFS and public land managers / owners to submit applications at any time and request a priority assessment of urgent hazard reduction burning activities outside the designated rounds of funding.
For more information on applying for grants funding please see the Application Guide. You can contact the Grants and Coordination Programmes via email Bushfiregrantprogrammes@rfs.nsw.gov.au or via phone on 02 8741 5493.